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Magic hires former Jayhawk Vaughn as head coach

Guard was once a catalyst on some of Roy Williams' best teams.

By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star

Jacque Vaughn, the former standout point guard at the University of Kansas, has been hired to be the next head coach of the Orlando Magic.

The Magic, which made the announcement on Saturday morning, will introduce Vaughn, 37, at a press conference on Monday afternoon. He replaces former Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, who was fired May 21 after the team finished 37-29 in the lockout-shortened season. The year was also filled with uncertainty surrounding the future of franchise center Dwight Howard.

Vaughn played 12 seasons in the NBA after a four-year KU career that ended in 1996-97 with a shocking loss to eventual national champion Arizona in the Sweet 16. Vaughn was the catalyst on some of the most talented teams in KU history — a roster that consisted of future first-round draft picks Paul Pierce, Raef LaFrentz and Scot Pollard — but NCAA Tournament success proved elusive. In 2007, Vaughn won an NBA title with the Spurs as a backup point guard.

Vaughn spent the last two seasons as an assistant in San Antonio under Greg Popovich. While with the Spurs he worked alongside Magic general manager Rob Hennigan, who was working then in the team's basketball operations department.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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